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What are the most photographed places in the world?

The Taj Mahal?
The Tower of London?
Niagara Falls?

Surely, the Golden Gate Bridge would rank on a list of "most photographed" places. And there are plenty of photographs of this bridge in the Trek Earth files.

So why another one?

(1) It is so often photographed because it is a stunning sight.
(2) The conditions of weather, sun angle, and point of view are infinitely variable.
(3) I'm from Northern California and wanted a shot of the bridge in my gallery. Call it local pride.

I set out yesterday with my camera on my bike, starting from the Embarcadero (at the northeastern corner of San Francisco). I cycled along the coast of the bay to the southern end of the bridge and then across the bridge to the Marin County side on the north. This photo was taken from above the remnants of an old military installation, called "Battery Spencer," which is part of the Marin Headlands National Recreation Area.

Here is the story of Battery Spencer, quoted from a sign at the site: "For over half a century, this was one of the most strategically important sites guarding the Golden Gate. Completed in 1897, the battery was named for Joseph Spencer, who had been a major general in the army during the American Revolution. It was armed with 3 rifled guns having 12" (= 30.5 cm) diameter barrels. The fortification saw continuous service until 1943, when it was declared obsolete and its guns scrapped."

A few facts about the Golden Gate Bridge (data culled from Wikipedia, which has an extensive article and unusually good photographs on the bridge).
- It was completed in 1937 and at that time had the world's longest suspension bridge span at 1.28 km. (It is now the 9th longest.)
- Total length is 2.74 km
- Height = 227 m (it is a bit scary crossing it on a bike because of the height and the commonly strong winds)
- It was a very controversial project and it took about a decade from the official decision to go ahead with the project (in 1923) and the start of construction (in 1933)
- Eleven men were killed in falls during the construction.
- The project cost $35 million.
- The bridge authority employs 38 painters to continuously maintain the orange vermillion coat, to protect the bridge against corrosion.
- The auto toll to cross the bridge is US$6; pedestrians and cyclists can cross without charge.

By the way, I don't know who the woman is in this photo. She had ignored posted signs against crossing a boundary railing to get a closer look. Shortly after I took this picture, she was joined by a male companion.

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  • Copyright: William Nazaroff (BilboCA) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 115 W: 115 N: 136] (734)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-26
  • Categories: Transportation
  • Exposure: f/14.0, 1/160 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2009-07-27 7:38
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